DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Administrative Order on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority requiring the Authority to make critical infrastructure upgrades and repairs to its public drinking water system to ensure adequate pressure and volume.

The Order requires PWSA to take specific corrective actions on three of its critical water system improvement projects on a schedule prescribed by the DEP. Those three projects include constructing a new liner at the 133 million gallon treated drinking water Lanpher reservoir; upgrading the microfiltration water treatment plant at Highland Reservoir #1 to include a UV disinfection system; and make improvements to the Brueken Pump Station by installing a backup pump and emergency backup power supply.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

In an effort to combat the lead issue found in some of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s water services lines, the utility has begun a pilot program to coat pipes with an emerging new technology to prevent contamination. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lawmakers consider placing all municipal water and sewer authorities under control of the PUC

Lawmakers consider placing all municipal water and sewer authorities under control of the PUC

Pittsburgh’s troubled Water and Sewer Authority may not be the only municipal water utility company to be considered for full oversight by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission following a hearing held by the House Consumer Affairs Committee in Harrisburg Monday. 


While House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) proposed House Bill 1490 back in June to place the PWSA and its deteriorating system of lead pipes and poor customer service under the control of the PUC, Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) is hoping to take the concept one step further by amending the public utilities law to require all municipal water and sewer authorities across the state be placed under PUC jurisdiction. 
Monday, September 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State and federal regulators to review PWSA operations this week

State and federal regulators to review PWSA operations this week

This week, state and federal regulators are taking a closer look at the operations of one of PWSA’s water treatment plants.  


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of the Aspinwall Water Treatment Plant’s water operations. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify areas of improvement and to ensure optimization, regulatory compliance, and protect public health, said PWSA in a statement.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Consulting firm on restructuring PWSA holds its second meeting

Consulting firm on restructuring PWSA holds its second meeting

Infrastructure Management Group (IMG), the consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, presented their second round of possible ways to restructure the Authority Tuesday before the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel of experts on the matter. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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